Karen Miranda Augustine

Artist Name

Karen Miranda Augustine

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Location

Canada

Biography

Karen Miranda Augustine is a Canadian mixed-media artist whose works have exhibited in Canada, the US, Scotland, and Haiti. She has been published and cited in various books and publications, including Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Caribbean InTransit Arts Journal, The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts (Cleis Press) and The Art of Reflection: Women Artists’ Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press). Her creative projects ride on the confluence of sex, pop culture, spirituality, and loss in relation to the broader life experiences of women and girls. She is an emerging death doula and holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University.

Artist Statement

I create two-dimensional, mixed-media art out of found materials, beadwork, embroidery, and paint in a way that could be loosely described as low-relief assemblage. All are centered around a degraded photograph — usually stencil, photocopy, image transfer, or découpage — as it’s in the raw, primitive imprint of my subject where I find the most interest.

Memorialization is a repetitive theme in my art projects, which often include some aspect of participation from strangers and friends, as are the broader life experiences of women and girls. I'm interested in the ways that shared experiences interconnect us and how our journeys through affliction can take us to a place of self-possession.

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